Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS. I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet. Read at your own risk. If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance.
Jeremy Stark is back and Jack Abbott and Diane Jenkins are in shock. They never expected to see him again. They foolishly believed they were in the clear. How wrong they were! Now they are getting exactly what they deserve. Stark is back to haunt them. Did Jack and Diane really think they could get rid of him so easily? Diane should be very very afraid because Stark is hellbent on getting revenge on her. This time I think he will have an ally in his attempt to bring her down. HIs ally will be Phyllis. Phyllis is quite desperate right now. She feels alone, rejected, mistreated and misunderstood. She has been fired from separate jobs by her own two children. She has lost Jack to Diane, who has flaunted her relationship to Jack. She's very vulnerable right now and just as eager as Jeremy to bring Diane down. Although she has refused Jeremy's offer, I think she will change her mind and decide to help him.
Heather has informed Daniel that she has met someone else, and she and Lucy have returned to Portugal. The writers decided against keeping them in Genoa City for a while. I guess they couldn't fit them into the storyline, Their appearance closes the book on that chapter in Daniel's past and leaves him free to begin a relationship with Lily, which will happen eventually.
Well, Ashley Abbott seems to have the upper hand right now. She's very pleased with herself and smug, isn't she? She seem to to be enjoying watching Tucker McCall squirm. But what is Ashley's end game? I don't think her motive is purely revenge or power. So, what is she trying to accomplish? Is she somehow trying to get control of the Abbott home so that Diane and Jack can't live there together?
Nate is going to regret becoming involved with Victoria. Somebody is on to what's going on with the former doctor Nate and his boss, and it's not Nate's girlfriend, Elena. It's Audra, the new COO of Neman Media and Noah's ex. She clued right in. She noticed the vibes between Nate and Princess Victoria. When she mentioned it to Nate, he vehemently denied any romantic involvement with Victoria. However, the look on Audra's face as left the office told the story. She doesn't believe him. Audra is an opportunist, it will be interesting to see how she uses her knowledge about Nate and Victoria.
By the way, it appears that Audra has been hired to to be a spy. Her latest assignment is to find out who bought out Tucker's company before the Newmans had a chance. I'm sure she'll soon discover that the buyer was Ashley. That should put Victoria on a collision course with Ashely.
The Sally Spectra baby drama continues. The writers tried to tease us. However, the father had to be Adam because that creates more conflict. Actually, I was pleased because I don't like Sally and Nick Newman together. I think Sally's going to become really fed up with the arguing between the Newman brothers. Just wait until Victor gets involved, too. He definitely won't be happy that Sally's the mother of a Newman baby, his grandchild. Sally doesn't seem ready to be a mother and she may decide to put the baby up for adoption. It would follow that the child would be adopted by Mariah and Tessa.
There has been a shakeup of Y&R's writing staff. The shakeup means that head writer and executive producer Josh Griffith will have even more power, influence and responsibility. So, if you don't like the storylines, you are more likely to blame him. Here's the situation. Just as The Young and Restless prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, it's writing team has gotten smaller. The entire staff of five breakdown writers has been fired, four of whom are women. Breakdown writers map out story narrative over multiple episodes. They are specifically used for daytime dramas because they have so many more episodes than prime time shows. It is not clear whether the decision to fire the break down writers was made by Sony Pictures Television, which produces Y&R, or by Griffith himself. Nevertheless, this is not a pleasing development and it does not bode well for the show.
Y&R celebrates 50th anniversary with return of old favourites
Tricia Cast will return as Nina Webster. Nina is the best friend of Christine "Cricket." (Lauralee Bell). Nina is also the mother of Philip Chancellor 1V, better known as "Chance." She will probably be very interested in what's happened to Chance and Abby. If she discovers the truth about Abby and Devon, she won't be too pleased.
Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson) expecting her second child
Some happy baby news to pass along to Y&R fans. Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson) is pregnant with her second child. The actress revealed the news on Twitter by posting a photo of herself and her one-year-old son, Caden in which she shows off her baby bump. The caption on the photo read, "Looks like we're just destined to have August babies. So grateful and excited to be adding another cub to our family of Leo baby boys. Caden's gonna be a big brother."
So, Melissa's pregnancy means that her character, Chelsea, will not be seen on the show while she has a maternity break. Will Chelsea be written out for a while or will another actress replace her while she is on mat leave? We will soon find out. Right now, it looks like Melissa's character, who seems to have overcome a mental health crisis, and Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson) are headed for romance.
Y&R REPORT READERS' POLL
Y&R characters often make unwise decisions or act foolishly. It's what creates conflict on the show. Sometimes, I just want to scratch my head and say, "How can you be so stupid?" So fans, I would like to know which character on Y&R acts the most foolishly in your opinion. Respond to the poll below and let me know.